Marci Csumrik                                                                                                
13+ years experience with Remax Orillia.  Great knowledge of the local market and Trent Severn Waterway.  A true professional with your lifestyle in mind!  Serving Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Severn, Washago, and Ramara. 

Visit  www.marci.ca.
St. James' Anglican Church

St. James' Anglican Church, located at 58 Peter St. N., is pleased to announce our Spiritual Growth Centre, where a series of workshops are being held. 

For more information contact spiritualgrowthcentre@stjamesorillia.com

You can also check out www.stjamesorillia.com  or call 705-325-2742 church office.

  Geneva Event Centre

When you're looking for an event centre that provides so many choices of entertainment, you'll trust Geneva Event Centre to deliver just that.  Hosting live music performances, private parties, community events, art shows, and everything in between-we are fully licensed to offer a variety of adult refreshments and in-house catering services.  For bookings & inquiries, check out Geneva Event Centre: www.genevaeventcentre.ca | 705-327-3696 | info@genevaeventcentre.ca  

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."

  -Carl Bard

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.
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Calling all Georgian College & Lakehead University Students! 
No Date

Are you seeking a quality experiential learning experience  with
 pay? Information Orillia is looking to provide post-secondary students in the community the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skills through a Student Owned Pop-Up Volunteer & Information Centre.
  At this on campus pop-up, you will help your peers connect with organizations that align with their career goals, aid in information referral, and be a safe space for any youth facing barriers to purposeful engagement.  

How to Apply:  

Please complete the quick 3-minute form here  to apply and learn more about this position.

Email Volunteer and Youth Engagement Services Manager Sukhi Kaur  with any questions about this opportunity: skaur@informationorillia.org

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Information Orillia is working together with the City of Orillia to streamline information sharing by partnering on our events calendar.  To include your event, follow this link.  

The info is accessible online and through the City's free PingStreet mobile app .

To post on The HUB please contact info@informationorillia.org  

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St James Anglican Church: Millionaire Club
January 16th

St James Spaghetti Dinner & Movie
January 19th

St James' Social Justice Presents... Stone Soup Lunch
January 27th

Community Development Corp: Professional Development Series Schedule
Various Dates in January

Lakehead University Media Release & Writers Way Workshops
Various Dates in January & February


Susan Charters

Heather Wilson

Bree Crowder
Annette Zoheret

CFUW: Guest Speaker Dr.  Erika Catford
January 22nd

Westmount Congregation: Desserts & Discover
January 23rd

Mariposa Arts Theatre: Seeking Producer for 'Living Together'
Accepting Applicants Now

We need your help for our April 2019 production of Living Together!

Do you love comedies? Have you thought about dipping your toes into the production side of theatre? Or, are you an experienced producer looking for the right show to jump into?

We want to hear from you!

MAT is looking for a producer (or a team of two co-producers!) for our production of Alan Ayckbourn's Living Together, going up in April 2019.

If you're ready to throw your hat in the ring, or would like more information, just contact Phyllis Johnson at 
mariposaartstheatre@gmail.com .

Mariposa Arts Theatre Film Nights: Fahrenheit 11/9
January 9th

Here's the scoop:  "Filmmaker Michael Moore predicted that Donald Trump would become the 45th president of the United States. Traveling across the country, Moore interviews American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic and political impact of Trump's victory. Moore also takes an in-depth look at the media, the Electoral College, the government agenda and his hometown of Flint, Michigan."

Fahrenheit 11/9 plays this coming Wednesday, Jan 9th at Orillia Galaxy Cinemas (865 West Ridge Boulevard), with showtimes at 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Ticket sales start the day of the showing at 3:00 pm 'at the door' and are just $10 (cash only).

Mariposa Arts Theatre: Living Together
January 13th

We are proud to announce the next auditions for our 2019 season!
Mariposa Arts Theatre is holding auditions for:

A 'Norman Conquest' Comedy
By Alan Ayckbourn  

Sunday January 13th, 1:00pm onward

MAT Centre (12 Brammer Dr, Orillia)

Nothing needs to be prepared, and scripts will be provided. Just show up at 1pm ready to have some fun!

SEEKING 3 male and 3 female 'middle-aged' actors! 

Mariposa Arts Theatre will be staging Living Together from April 4-14, 2019. 

And you thought you had problems...

Living Together is one of a trilogy of plays, The Norman Conquests, that cover a disorderly family weekend in a Victorian country house. The central character is Norman, a disheveled librarian, who is married to Ruth, but fancies his sisters-in-law, Annie and Sarah. Annie, in turn, is being courted by Tom, a dim vet, while Sarah is frustrated with her marriage to the boring Reg.

Please contact producer Dianne Richardson at
705-325-3505 if you have any questions beforehand!

Jubilee Chorale Welcoming New Members
Wednesday Evenings


Orillia Public Library: January Events
Various dates throughout January

Mariposa Arts Theatre: Diary of Anne Frank
February 17th

Witness this powerful NEW adaption based on 'The Diary of a Young Girl' about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed attic.

Shows run from February 7th to 17th at the Orillia Opera House, and tickets for this production - and the rest of our season - are on sale now!

Hop on over to the  OOH website  now for more info, and to reserve your seats - and consider giving the gift of theatre this holiday season!

Mariposa Arts Theatre's Upcoming Productions:

The Diary of Anne Frank:  Playing at the Orillia Opera House Studio Theatre on:

February 7th - 9th at 7:30pm
February 10th at 2:00pm
February 14th - 16th at 7:30pm
February 17th at 2:00pm

Living Together:  Playing at the Orillia Opera House Studio Theatre from April 4th - 14th.

Educating Rita:  Playing at the MAT Centre (12 Brammer Rd, Orillia) from May 23rd - June 2nd.

OMAH: The Sir John A MacDonald Dinner: A Celebration of Canada
January 12th

The Sir John A Macdonald Dinner: A Celebration of Canada
T hank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket, we look forward to seeing you at the dinner. Please check with OMAH to see if any tickets are still left or to put your name on the waitlist! In person or by phone 705-326-2159. 

For $60.00 per ticket, enjoy an engaging speaker, a delicious dinner and fellowship at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club.

Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Don Smith, a highly respected historian, author and professor emeritus, University of Calgary. He has made First Nation's history his life's work and passion and published several books. 

His talk "John A. Macdonald and the First Nations Policy", is a topic that today arouses opinions: some neutral, others derogatory.  He brings an in-depth knowledge of the historical context of the age of Macdonald to his discussion of the topic.

We appreciate your support for this important fundraiser which enables OMAH to offer enriching programs for Orillia, the surrounding townships and Rama First Nation.

For more information, please contact Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director at 705-326-2159 x101 or by email.


Power of The Purse: Supporting Dress For Success
January 26th


Girl's need a night out --- and a purse to go with it!

Power of the Purse is a live auction that helps raise funds for Dress for Success. We are expecting more than 200 guests at the event being held Jan. 26th from 6:30 pm-10 pm at the Barrie Country Club. Our goal is to raise $35,000. 

At DfS, we operate a successful suiting program, a pre-employment program called Breakfast Club and an employment retention program called Professional Women's Group. And it's all done with the support and backing provided by funds raised through events, such as the annual Power of the Purse.

Come on out with gal pals, girlfriends, sweethearts, moms, sisters, and best friends, to this event, helping women become a productive part of society.

For more information, please follow us on our social media: 

Facebook: @DressforSuccessOrilliaandBarrie

Instagram: @dressforsuccessorilliabarrie

Twitter: @DfSOrilliaBarrie

Couchiching Jubilee House: Fearless Females 2019 Calendar



Orillia & District Literacy Council: Learn Computer Basics For Job Search

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: STOP Program Smoking Cessation Workshop
  January 21st

A free STOP Smoking workshop will be held in Orillia on Jan 21, 2019 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 

Eligible participants will attend an educational session and receive five weeks of nicotine patches at no cost. 

To see if you are eligible and to register, call Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's Health Connection toll free at 1-877-721-7520

Georgian College Orillia: Earn Your ACE Biology Credit
January through April



Information Orillia Volunteer Database

To suggest on opportunity,  click here .

Information Orillia is the Orillia and area's official volunteer centre. We are a proud member of Volunteer Canada and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network. Information Orillia organizes and maintains a volunteer database that allows organizations to post new opportunities and allows volunteers to access those opportunities.

Services for volunteers:  IO's volunteer database allows volunteers to  create a volunteer profile  that allows organizations to contact them directly. In addition, our organization provides volunteers with counselling, referrals and training via workshops and appointments. 

Services for organizations:  IO's volunteer database allows organizations to post opportunities, access volunteer profiles, as well as other volunteer resources such as registration templates and screening tools. For more information about software that helps to manage volunteer recognition and recruitment,  website .

To book an appointment with our Manger of Volunteer and Youth Engagement Services, Sukhi Kaur, call 705-326-7743 or email.


United Way Simcoe Muskoka: Now Accepting Youth United Grant Applications
February 28th

Orillia Matters: Information Orillia News Release
  No Date

These winners discover it pays to fill out survey.  Eight citizens who completed Orillia and Area Community Wellbeing Survey picked up $250 just in time for Christmas!

Nicolette Hawco, operations manager Information Orillia, presented Thursday $250 Visa pre-paid cards to Jackie Duffy, of Coldwater, and Fran Ricetto, of Ramara. Eight winners were randomly selected from among the several hundred who entered the draw, using a ballot they received after filling out the Canadian Index of Wellbeing survey, part of the Orillia and Area CIW 2018 project.

City of Orillia: Transit Fares 2019
Effective January 1st

City of Orillia: Nominate 2018 Citizen of the Year
Due January 14th

Nomination period now open for 2018 Citizen of the Year:

For immediate release (Dec. 14, 2018) - Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award.
"The Citizen of the Year truly exemplifies the spirit that is Orillia; often working full-time in their vocation and also very involved in significant causes within our community that improve the lives of many," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "I'd encourage anyone who has an individual in mind to submit their name for the 2018 Citizen of the Year."
A panel of local residents, with the assistance of the City of Orillia, is accepting nominations for the 2018 Citizen of the Year. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Jan. 14 at 12 p.m. Nominations can be emailed to mayor@orillia.ca or delivered to the Office of Mayor Steve Clarke: 50 Andrew St. S., Suite 300, Orillia, ON, L3V 7T5. Submissions must include the full name of and contact information for the nominator and a detailed explanation of why the nominee deserves to be named Citizen of the Year.
Nominees must be residents of the City of Orillia, Chippewas of Rama First Nation, or the townships of Oro- Medonte, Ramara or Severn, who have contributed to the betterment of Orillia. Emphasis should be placed on the nominees' volunteerism and accomplishments during 2018.
The 2018 Citizen of the Year panel includes former winners Anderson Charters, Steve Clarke (non-voting member), Gill Tillmann, Gini Stringer and Bruce Waite, as well as Orillia Matters editor and reporter Dave Dawson and Nathan Taylor, and Dr. Linda Rodenburg of Lakehead University's Office of Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Mayor Steve Clarke
City of Orillia
Jennifer Ruff Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia: Transportation Input Survey
Due January 21st

Provide input on the future of transportation in Orillia
Orillia Transportation Survey available from Dec. 20 to Jan. 21:

For immediate release (Dec. 20, 2018) - Whether you travel by foot, car or bus, for work, school or play, the City of Orillia is looking for your input on the future of Orillia's transportation network.
Starting today, Orillia residents and non-residents are invited to visit orillia.ca/tmp or orillia.ca/haveyoursay to participate in the Orillia Transportation Survey as part of a Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update. The results of the survey will help the City of Orillia identify current and future transportation needs and plan accordingly. The online survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be available until Jan. 21, 2019.
"In order to meet the transportation needs of our residents and those travelling in Orillia, we as the City need to continually evolve and improve," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Now is the time for residents and other stakeholders to provide their input on Orillia's transportation network. By completing the Orillia Transportation Survey online, you will be providing valuable insight that will help shape the future of transportation in Orillia."
The current TMP provides an assessment of the City's road network and transportation improvements that are required up to the year 2030. The TMP update is intended to re-evaluate the planned transportation networks in relation to changing trends, emerging needs, and new opportunities for multiple modes of transportation including driving, transit, cycling, walking, and recreational vehicles.
"Since the last Transportation Master Plan was released in 2011, there have been updates to municipal growth forecasts, changes to policy, and other ongoing transportation initiatives in the community," said Jeremy Dutka, Project Engineer for the City of Orillia. "To better address these changes and opportunities, we want to gather feedback directly from the public. Even if you live outside of the city, but you work or visit Orillia, your input will provide valuable information to help plan for the City's future transportation needs."
The study will be undertaken in accordance with Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process. For more information, please visit orillia.ca/tmp .

The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Jeremy Dutka
Project Engineer II
Development Services and Engineering Department

Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

Women's Leadership Council: Now Accepting Grant Applications
Application Deadline January 21st

For more details, visit  The WLC's  Funding Portal .


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